Food recalls in EU – Week 27-28/2015

This week on the EU RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we can find the following notifications:

1. Alerts followed by a recall from consumers:

– Allergens: undeclared gluten and egg in cream of potato & spinach soup from Germany, following a consumer complaint. Notified from United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland and Italy;

– Allergens: traces of almond in hot paprika and chili powder from China, following company’s own check. Notified by Greece, distributed also to Albania, Cyprus and Germany;

– Allergens: undeclared sulphite (17.0 mg/kg – ppm) in sweets from Belgium, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to France;

– Allergens: undeclared gluten, soya, nuts and lactose (ingredients list in Danish, Finnish and Swedish is missing on the label) in icecream from Germany, following company’s own check. Notified by Denmark;

– Foreign bodies: plastic fragments in tofu basilico from Germany, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland;

– Foreign bodies: rat droppings in breakfast cereals from the United Kingdom, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Norway;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of primary aromatic amines (7.48; 0.005; 0.009 mg/kg – ppm) from plastic kitchenware from China, following an official control on the market. Notified by Poland, distributed also to Slovakia;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of aluminium (32.8; 14.7 mg/l) from ceramic balls from China, following an official control on the market. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium;

– Mycotoxins: patulin (147 µg/kg – ppb) in apple juice from Belgium, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to France.

2. Information for attention/for follow up followed by a recall from consumers:

– Foreign bodies: rodent (mouse tail) in chocolate and hazelnut muesli from Belgium, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Greece, distributed also to Denmark;

– Non pathogenic micro-organisms: hazelnut kernels from Sweden infested with mouldsfollowing a consumer complaint. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Iceland;

– Non pathogenic micro organisms: chilled diced or shredded chicken and pork products from Poland infested with yeastsfollowing a company’s own check. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Greenland, Germany and Faeroe Islands;

– Pesticides residues: chlorpyrifos (2.3 mg/kg – ppm) in celery from Laos, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark;

– Residues of veterinary medicinal products: sulfonamide (865 µg/kg – ppb) unauthorised in honey from Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Malta, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom;

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Allergens: traces of almond in sauces from the Netherlands, following a company’s own check. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, Curacao, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom;

– Allergens: traces of milk (20 mg/kg – ppm) in marzipan with honey and chocolate from Germany, via Austria, following an official control on the market. Notified by Slovenia, distributed also to Croatia, Estonia, France, Poland and Slovakia;

– Composition: high content of aluminium (253 mg/kg – ppm) in glass noodles from Vietnam, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to France;

– Heavy metals: cadmium (0.362 mg/kg – ppm) and mercury (4.45 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen swordfish from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by France, distributed also to Germany and Ireland;

– Industrial contaminants: sum of dioxins and dioxin-like polychlorobifenyls (22 pg WHO TEQ/g) in eggs from the Netherlands, following company’s own check. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium;

– Pesticide residues: chlorpyrifos (0.09 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen broccoli from Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Estonia.

4. Seizures:

In Italy we had seizures of stainless steel knives from China for migration of chromium (18.3 mg/l) and of manganese (1.1 mg/l), of complete feed for aquaculture for presence of ruminant DNA and of chilled swordfish loins (Xiphias gladius) from Spain for presence of mercury (1.9 mg/kg – ppm)following official controls on the market.

We had also a seizure

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of health certificate(s) for egusi melon seeds from Nigeria and for emu oil capsules and liquid emu oil from the United States, via Canada
  • absence of Common Entry Document (CED) for dried beans from Nigeria
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 103; Tot. = 119 / B1 = 21.4; Tot. = 25.9 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell and in pistachio kernels (Tot. = 26.9 µg/kg – ppb) from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 14.6; Tot. = 15.4 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts in shell, in unshelled peanuts (B1 = 5.4; Tot. = 17.9 µg/kg – ppb), in groundnuts kernels (B1 = 12.2; Tot. = 24 µg/kg – ppb) and in groundnuts (Tot. = 95 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 162.6; Tot. = 242.9 µg/kg – ppb) in peanut chips from Nigeria
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 18.85; Tot. = 11.84 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Brazil
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 27.1 µg/kg – ppb) in roasted pistachios from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 30; Tot. = 33 µg/kg – ppb) in nutmeg from Indonesia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 28; Tot. = 31 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled pistachios, in pistachios in shell (B1 = 82.8; Tot. = 89 µg/kg – ppb) and in shelled almonds (B1 = 15 µg/kg – ppb) from the United States
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 89.4; Tot. = 93.9 µg/kg – ppb) and ochratoxin A (45 µg/kg – ppb) in and absence of labelling on mixed spices from Kuwait
  • attempt to illegally import dried beans from Nigeria
  • chlorpyrifos (0.12 mg/kg – ppm), cyhalothrin (0.37 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance dichlorvos (0.32 mg/kg – ppm) in dried beans from Nigeria
  • endosulfan (0.14 mg/kg – ppm) and buprofezin (0.60 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from South Korea
  • FCM: migration of cadmium (0.453 mg/dm²) from ceramic spoons from China
  • FCM: migration of nickel (672 mg/kg – ppm) from wine stopper from China, via Hong Kong
  • high counts of coliforms (160000 CFU/g) and of Enterobacteriaceae (170000 CFU/g) in peanut kernels from Turkey
  • fenitrothion (0.05 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine from Egypt
  • mercury (1.893 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled tuna from Ecuador
  • peanuts in shell from China infested with moulds and with mites
  • poor temperature control (-4.9; -6.7; -5.5 °C) of frozen whole chicken from Ukraine, (+6 <–> 11 °C) of chilled fish from Pakistan, (+8.8; 6.8; 7.4; 6.6; 7.0 °C) of chilled swordfish (Xiphias gladius) and (> -12 °C) of frozen boneless beef meat (Bos taurus) from Chile, of chilled fish from India, (-3.5<–> -10.4 °C) of frozen shimps (Penaeus vannamei) from Malaysia and (-7.6, – 8.2, – 7.8, – 8.5, -10.8, -7.1 °C) of chilled tuna (Thunnus albacares) from Sri Lanka
  • Salmonella spp. (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in paan/betel leaves from India
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India
  • Salmonella (present /25g) in frozen salted chicken, in frozen salted chicken preparation and in frozen salted boneless skinless chicken breasts from Thailand
  • too high content of colour E 102 – tartrazine (0.08 %) and unauthorised use of colour E 110 – Sunset Yellow FCF (0.005 %) and of colour E 129 – Allura Red AC (0.08 %) in canned preserved vegetables from Mexico
  • unauthorised colour Sudan 4 (0.8 mg/kg – ppm) in palm oil from Ghana

Food recalls in EU – Week 31 – 2014

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we have six recalls from consumers in EU in the alert notifications:

– Allergens: undeclared wheat in liquorice, following a consumer complaint. Origin Spain, relabelled in Denmark, notified by Denmark and distributed also to Germany;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in dry sausages, following a consumer complaint. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Slovenia;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled smoked trout, following company’s own check. Origin Spain, notified by France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in gorgonzola, following company’s own check. Origin Italy, notified by  France, distributed also to Denmark and Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia Coli in cow’s milk cheese made with raw milk, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom;

– Pesticide residues: dimethoate in fresh green celery, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium, notified by Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg and France.

Between the information for attention notifications, followed by a recall from consumers, we find:

– Food additives and flavourings: too high content of  E210 – benzoic acid in soft drink, following an official control on the market. Origin Vietnam, notified by Denmark;

– Pesticide residues: carbendazim in courgettes, following an official control on the market. Origin Jordan, notified by Denmark.

Between the alert notifications, followed by a withdrawal from the market of the product, we find:

– Composition: unauthorised substance progesterone in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Czech Republic, notified by Czech Republic, distributed also to Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Moldova, Slovakia and Slovenia;

– Composition: unauthorised ingredient (androgenic anabolic steroid) in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Bulgaria, notified by Czech Republic;

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in cocoa bean powder, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notified by Slovakia;

– Mycotoxins: Ochratoxin A in organic bread, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, France, Italy, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. in Asian assortment, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella in madras curry powder, following company’s own check. Origin Belgium, notified by United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: foodborne outbreak suspected (Salmonella enteritidis) to be caused by eggs, following food poisoning. Origin Germany, notified by France;

– Pesticide residues: tebuconazole and trifloxystrobin in mangoes, following company’s own check. Origin Pakistan, notified by Belgium, distributed also to Germany, Iceland, Italy and Netherlands.

Amongst border rejections we have Salmonella in frozen boneless skinless marinated chicken inner fillets, frozen salted chicken innerfillets, frozen spiced turkey medallions, frozen turkey and poultry meat preparation from Brazil, unauthorised substance dichlorvos, cypermethrin and chlorpyriphos in dried oloyin beans from Nigeria, attempt to illegally import paan leaves from Bangladesh and melon seeds and dried beans from Nigeria, aflatoxins in peanuts, nutmeg powder, crushed chillies, chilli peppers and fried coated groundnuts from India, in blanched peanuts from China, in pistachios from Iran, in shelled pistachio kernels from Iran (via Turkey), in groundnuts in shell from Egypt and in apricot kernels from Tajikistan (via Turkey), high bacterial count in and spoilage of sheep casings from Pakistan, live insects in cinnamon from Indonesia infested with moulds, chlorpyriphos in chilled asparagus peas from the Dominican Republic, methamidophos in green beans from Kenya, malathion in fresh peppers from Turkey, too high content of sulphite in dried pineapple and mango bites from Philippines, dimethoate in mangetout peas from Kenya, methamidophos and acephate in French beans with pods from Kenya, chlorfenapyr in papaya from Brazil, unauthorised substance carbofuran in peppers from the Dominican Republic, unauthorised substances sildenafil and tadalafil in food supplement dispatched from China, buprofezin, triazophos and imidacloprid in tea from China and anthraquinone and unauthorised substance dicrotophos in tea from China, via Hong Kong.

For feed, we have an information for follow up notification, followed by a recall from consumers:

Composition: too high content of hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) in complementary feed for honeybees, following an official control on the market. Origin Germany, notified by Belgium.

For food contact materials we have border rejections for migration of manganese from egg beaters and of chromium and nickel from wine stopper from China.

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